Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada

Jonathan Duhamel

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of March 23, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
119
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 101
Mike McDonald3,457.52
226
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 102
Sam Greenwood3,296.37
334
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 103
Mike Leah3,178.56
440
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 104
Jonathan Duhamel3,074.02
546
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 105
Ari Engel2,959.25
650
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 106
Daniel Dvoress2,924.40
754
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 107
Sam Chartier2,862.47
887
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 108
Mike Watson2,534.24
994
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 109
Ami Barer2,488.50
1098
Global Poker Index: Duhamel Falls to No. 4 and McDonald Still Leads Team Canada 110
Andrew Chen2,472.93

This week, Team Canada saw just one change in the roster coming from Jonathan Duhamel who tumbled from No. 2 to No. 4, giving the advantage to both Sam Greenwood and Mike Leah who each climbed a rung. Duhamel lost nearly 250 points from the ageing of older results.

Mike McDonald continues to be the top Canadian despite having no new scores since mid-February.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,438.59-
2Byron Kaverman4,140.29-
3Bryn Kenney4,064.73-
4Jason Mercier4,034.73-
5Connor Drinan3,975.62-
6Dominik Nitsche3,973.18-
7Nick Petrangelo3,946.01-
8Fedor Holz3,818.05-
9Anthony Zinno3,756.48+1
10Stephen Chidwick3,742.04-1

It was a quiet week for the overall Global Poker Index top 10 with the top eight players remaining the same and only Anthony Zinno and Stephen Chidwick swapping the last two spots. Meanwhile Steve O’Dwyer remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world according to the GPI for an 11th-straight week.

In fact the entire top 100 showed little change over the last seven days, with only two new names entering the list — Andrew Lichtenberger (who moved up from No. 107 to No. 85) and former top-ranked player Dan Smith (who went from No. 103 to No. 95).

Looking just at the top 100, the biggest upward movers this week were Mohsin Chrania (up from No. 82 to No. 61) and Olivier Busquet (up from No. 100 to No. 69). Charania recently took second in the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event, just missing a third WPT title, while Busquet cashed twice in the same series including taking 27th in the Main.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
231Daniel Strelitz1,817.16
260Phillip Hui1,766.64
273Michael Linster1,735.11
278Felipe Ramos1,727.15
282Craig Varnell1,723.36
298Noah Schwartz1,682.64
299Matthew Stout1,680.64
300Wael Sarkis1,676.27

Considering the top 300 as a whole, there were just eight new names moving up to join the club this week, with Daniel Strelitz the highest-ranked among them. Strelitz went from No. 344 to No. 231 thanks to a 19th-place finish in that aforemented WPT Rolling Thunder event.

All eight of these players have been in the GPI top 300 before, with Noah Schwartz once having been ranked as high as No. 6 (in October 2013) and Matthew Stout having been up to No. 21 previously (in April 2014).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
260Phillip Hui1,766.64+171
231Daniel Strelitz1,817.16+113
197Derek Wolters1,934.19+87
220Felix Stephensen1,856.92+70
224Justin Young1,841.28+69

While Strelitz made a big jump, Phillip Hui’s was even bigger as he rose from No. 431 to No. 260 this week. Hui cashed three times at Rolling Thunder, winning one side event, finishing second in another, then cashing as well in the Main Event. He then picked up another cash at the 2016 Battle at the Beach at the Isle Casino Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Florida to add a few more GPI points to his total.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
218Jonathan Little1,866.77-75
165Shannon Shorr2,071.72-56
258Keith Johnson1,767.15-53
204Mario Lopez1,914.41-42
215James Gilbert1,885.09-41

Of the players ranked in this week’s top 300, Jonathan Little slipped the furthest after going from No. 143 to No. 218.

What to Expect Next Week

Both the World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles festival and the Foxwoods Poker Classic series continue this week, with the WSOP-C also culminating another series at Harrahs Atlantic City.

Poker players are also returning to Dublin, Ireland this week for The Irish Open 2016 while the German Poker Tour touches down at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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